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What do I call my mother's aunt?

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You call your mother's aunt your great aunt. When referring to the aunt, her name is usually simply preceded by the title, as in "Aunt Mary."

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Within some families, the variation "grand aunt" is used instead of "great aunt." A person with a great aunt is considered to be a "great niece" or "great nephew" to that relative. Great aunts and great uncles are the siblings of one's grandparents. When adding an additional generation, great-grand aunts and great-grand uncles are the siblings of one's great-grandparents. As common as the word "great" is when defining relationships, it is never used to describe relationships among distant cousins.

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